To close this chapter in NBA history, we’ve selected our own All-Decade team. Fifteen players were chosen by a panel of NBA.com and NBA TV producers and analysts. The players were split into three teams consisting of two backcourt players and three frontcourt players.
This is not an official honor bestowed by the NBA, these are simply the opinions of those who cover and follow the league on a daily basis. Stats and accolades included are from the 2009-10 season through the 2018-19 season only.
James Harden is featured on the first team, alongside LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard. Harden has racked up 7 All-Star appearances and 6 All-NBA Team awards, an MVP, several MVP runner-ups, and 18 50-point games (most in the decade) to go along with averaging 24.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists for the 2010s.
Then, on the second team, the Rockets technically feature two players. First is Chris Paul, who is now on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but spent the previous two seasons in Houston. Paul also has 7 All-Star appearances and 6 All-NBA Team mentions, but you can then add 6 NBA All-Defense first team selections and the fact he led the NBA in assists for the entire decade onto his accolades. His final averages for the 2010s are 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 9.6 assists per game.
Russell Westbrook also made the second team. And while he was with the Thunder for the entire length of this awards period, he’s a Houston Rocket now (still freaking weird, I don’t care anyone says), so we have kudos for Russ as well.
Westbrook has 8 All-Star appearances, 8 All-NBA selections, an MVP award, and a whole ton of triple doubles. He finished the decade with averages of 23.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists.
You’ll also find another Rockets player on the second team. Carmelo Anthony, despite just 10 games in H-town, was technically a Rocket this past decade as well. He finished with 8 All-Star appearances, 3 All-NBA selections and averages of 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
The rest of the second team includes Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin.
The third team consists of Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, LeMarcus Aldridge, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.